Each year approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health condition and at least 1 in 6 employees experience common mental health problems in the workplace. Research has shown that work is the biggest cause of stress that can stop people performing at their best.
Mental health conditions are often hidden due to stigma and fear of discrimination and research has shown that a culture of fear and silence around mental health is costly to employers. The HSE guidance 'First aid needs assessment’ refers to mental health in the workplace.
Whether you are working alone or part of a team, your skills, approach and knowledge of mental health will have real impact on staff’s experience of the workplace. Investing time in developing your understanding of mental health will help provide a positive and inclusive work environment that will only benefit all members of staff.
This programme has been specifically designed for employees who have little or some experience of mental health issues within the workplace and would like to have more understanding in this area.
It is aimed at providing learners with the knowledge to recognise suspected mental health conditions, the skills to start a conversation and know how and when to signpost the person towards professional help. This course also looks at the effects of substance misuse, devising and implementing a care plan and creating a positive work environment for you and other employees. Learners will not diagnose or treat mental health conditions as this can only be carried out by healthcare professionals.
This interactive 1-day workshop will introduce the concepts of mental health and use exercises, group work and practical activities to help you understand how to implement awareness and supportive conversations in your day-to-day work.
You will get the opportunity to practice and refine your newly acquired skills in a safe environment, beginning the process of applying them to your workplace.
Introduction and Welcome
What is First Aid for Mental Health?
Defining mental health
Stigma surrounding mental health
Identifying mental health conditions
Factors that can affect a person’s mental health
The role of a First Aider for mental health
Providing advice and starting a conversation
Advice provided to a person suffering from a suspected mental health condition
When to contact the emergency services in respect of first aid for mental health
Signs of stress
How stress can be managed
Mental health conditions
Signs and symptoms for the following mental health conditions:
Impact of substance misuse on mental health
Potential effects of alcohol and drug abuse on a person’s mental health
Potential negative consequences of substance abuse on a person’s employment and lifestyle
First aid action care plan
First aid action plan for mental health
Application of the first aid action plan for mental health
Positive mental health culture within the workplace
Key factors in providing a positive mental health culture in the workplace
How to implement a positive mental health culture in the workplace
In this 1-day programme, you will learn the techniques and build the skills that will allow you to:
Develop a rounded view of what mental health is
Develop an understanding of how to recognise potential mental health conditions
Implement a first aid action plan for mental health
Create a positive and safe environment to discuss mental health
Advise people where to get professional help
Identify and manage stress
Motivate, and inspire a positive work environment to promote good mental health and wellbeing
By the end of the course, you will have a good understanding of mental health within the workplace, the importance of good communication, the basic principles of how to start a conversation about mental health, how to implement a first aid action plan for mental health and create a positive working environment.
Our trainers bring with them a wealth of experience in the subject. Our approach is professional and relaxed to quickly build confidence. We expect participants to be fully involved in the process, be enthusiastic, work hard and to have open minds to incorporate new learning.
A FAA Level 2 Award in First Aid for Mental Health will be issued to the learner, subject to successful assessment. This qualification is valid for three years from the date of achievement. It is strongly recommended that the learner attends annual refresher training. The learner will need to complete the full course again to requalify for a further three years.
This course is delivered over 1 day – 9.30am to 4.30pm
Individual cost: £110.00
If you're interested in this course then please contact us on:
Business Development Unit, York College, Sim Balk Lane, York, YO23 2BB
Tel: 01904 770368 Option 1